Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Certificate
The Coding Specialist Certificate Program offers classes that focus only on the topics that you need to know for your certification exam. The medical billing and coding certification program prepares students for entry-level positions. The medical coder certificate program may take as little as 6 months or as long as 1 year to complete. Students in this program will be prepared to successfully complete the exam(s) to gain their Certified Professional Coder Certification, Professional Coder-Hospital Certification, and/or Professional Coder-Payer Certification.
Students will gain a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record in order to be able to locate information for coding. Students will learn anatomy and physiology, disease processes, and pharmacology to ensure that students will understand the appropriate codes. Students will be proficient in billing patients and understanding various collection methods. Students will also have a good working knowledge of medical terminology and how to process various claim form completion.
- NSC 100 – New Student Course
- MBC101 - Introduction to Healthcare Management
- BIO 110 - Anatomy and Physiology 1
- MBC 125 - Accelerated Medical Terminology
- MBC 201 - Diseases of the Human Body
- MBC 220 - Medical Coding 1
- MBC 230 - Medical Coding 2
- MBC 240 - Electronic Medical Records
- MBC 242 - Healthcare Reimbursement Methodologies
- MBC 250 – Medical Law and Ethics
- MBC 260 - Billing and Coding Practicum
Your medical coder certificate program will prepare students for an entry-level position as a medical coder. According to surveys from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for all medical billers and coders in the U.S. is around $36,000 per year or $17 per hour.
However, the average annual income for the lowest 10% of medical coders was about $21,500 while salaries for the top 10% were around $55,000 per year. For students that want to increase their earning potential can pursue additional education and earn specialized certifications in subfields of medical coding.
About the School
Piedmont University Online was established in 2013 as a distance learning education institution for the purpose of educating adults in professions they want to pursue or just have a basic interest in ... Read More